Gamekeepers take part in grouse season march in Edzell – BBC News

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Gamekeepers plus their families will be among those taking part in the march later to celebrate the particular upcoming grouse season.

Politicians and local investors who benefit from the grouse season are usually expected at the event along the high-street of Edzell in Angus.

The grouse season begins on 12 August – referred to as Glorious Twelfth.

But animal rights campaigners have got condemned the annual event being a “ridiculous tradition”.

The city march, which will go through Edzel’s Dalhousie Arch, has been organised by Scotland’s regional moorland groups.

It acknowledges the work plus community life in seven feuchtgebiet regions, from the Lammermuir hills within southern Scotland to Loch Ness-side in the Highlands.

Annual celebration

The League Against Cruel Sports activities opposes grouse shooting and the Wonderful Twelfth.

The director, Robbie Marsland, said: “The annual celebration of the start of the complaint shooting season is a ridiculous custom which has long had its time.

“The Wonderful Twelfth is a poor attempt to warrant a blood sport which is accountable for the mass killing of animals on an industrial scale as well as permanent damage to the environment. ”

Earlier this year a report by Scottish Natural Traditions found that a third of satellite-tagged golden eagles died in dubious circumstances.

Most were in areas which are maintained for grouse shooting.

The report has resulted in the creation of an independently directed group to look at the environmental impact associated with grouse moor management practices.